New Dictionary of Scientific Biography

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New Dictionary of Scientific Biography

Charles Scribner's Sons releases the first major expansion of the Dictionary of Scientific Biography, entitled The New Dictionary of Scientific Biography, featuring more than 775 completely new articles. This new work extends, complements and comments upon the original Dictionary of Scientific Biography, which contains thousands of biographies of mathematicians and natural scientists from all regions and historical periods. The Dictionary of Scientific Biography presents an accurate and reliable narrative of the development of science, not as a mere accumulation of technical information but as the collective accomplishment that has ordered our understanding of nature. More than 500 of the new articles are devoted to scientists deceased since 1980 and not previously treated in the Dictionary of Scientific Biography including Hans Bethe, Francis Crick, Richard Feynman, Stephen Jay Gould, Fred Hoyle, Mary Leakey, Konrad Lorenz, Barbara McClintock, Linus Pauling, Andrei Sakharov, B. F. Skinner, and Edward Teller. There are also more than 75 articles on figures overlooked in the original Dictionary of Scientific Biography (from Chrysippus to Kinsey) and 250 "postscript" commentaries on important careers that have inspired new research and interpretation (from Archimedes and Aristotle to Darwin, Einstein, and Oppenheimer).

The New Dictionary of Scientific Biography guarantees the permanent relevance of the original work and constitutes a huge expansion of its scope.

Selected biographies include:

  • Luis Walter Alvarez
  • Aristotle
  • Charles Babbage
  • Francis Bacon
  • Charles Robert Darwin
  • Albert Einstein
  • Rosalind Elsie Franklin
  • Galileo Galilei
  • Caroline Lucretia Herschel
  • Thomas Henry Huxley
  • Carl Gustav Jung
  • Isaac Newton
  • J. Robert Oppenheimer
  • Louis Pasteur
  • Jean Piaget
  • Claudine Picardet
  • Julia Bowman Robinson
  • Carl Sagan
  • Beatrice Tinsley
  • Alan Mathison Turing
  • And many more

 

Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography

Through a special arrangement with the American Council of Learned Societies, Charles Scribner's Sons has arranged not only to provide the New Dictionary of Scientific Biography in eBook format but also to digitize the entire backfile of the original Dictionary of Scientific Biography. This comprehensive eBook includes the complete text of the 18-volume original, plus the New Dictionary of Scientific Biography! This 26-volume eBook, the Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography, will provide library patrons with the world's largest and most comprehensive collection of narrative scientific biographies. By detailing the achievements and personalities behind the quest to understand the natural world, the Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography sheds light on the history of not just science, but of humankind.